"Putin has lost Ukraine forever": Stoltenberg says Russia will not achieve its goals

Stoltenberg says Russia will not succeed in achieving its goals in Ukraine

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has expressed his belief that despite significant efforts, Russia will not be able to achieve its goals in Ukraine. He believes that Russia's full-scale invasion was intended to prevent Ukraine from moving towards NATO and the European Union, but after two years of war, Ukraine is "closer to NATO and the EU than ever."

These words were expressed by Jens Stoltenberg in an interview with the DPA agency, DW reports. He emphasized that this development is a major strategic defeat for Russia, while Ukraine, in his opinion, will eventually achieve its goal of joining NATO.

"Putin has lost Ukraine forever," Stoltenberg said.

The NATO Secretary General noted that Russia has suffered losses due to military actions against Ukraine. According to him, Moscow has already lost hundreds of planes, thousands of tanks and 300,000 troops.

Stoltenberg also noted that as a result of the war in Russia, inflation has increased, living standards have declined, and the country has become more politically isolated. However, these changes failed to change the Kremlin's policy.

"We have no indication that Putin will change his goals and his policies. He will continue to try to occupy more territory," the NATO Secretary General stated.

Stoltenberg refrained from making specific comments on Ukraine's plans for additional mobilization, but emphasized that Ukrainians themselves are the best judges of the need for military measures in their country. He noted that Ukrainians have shown that they are ready to fight back, especially when they receive support from partner countries in providing weapons.

He also called for strong support for Ukraine and for consideration of the possibility of providing Kyiv with more defense equipment by modifying existing agreements with other countries.

"In general, we need to increase our production in order to better help Ukraine and better defend ourselves," the NATO Secretary General summarized.

As reported by OBOZ.UA, during a "direct line" on December 14, Russian dictator Vladimir Putin announced the number of Russian troops in Ukraine at 617 thousand. Earlier, he had said a completely different figure - 440,000, and it is probably closer to reality. At the same time, the Kremlin leader, who thus tried to elevate the "might" of his army in the eyes of Russians, actually admitted losses of more than 300000.,

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